– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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As the House of Mouse nears its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, it’s hard not to read into every move made from either company as a strategic move for their acquisition. After all, with Fox knowing they’ll soon be joining the Disney family, why wouldn’t they make moves to help clear the deck, especially in regards to MCU-related stuff?

While we’re not saying it’s impossible for the heads over at Fox to be proactive in their moves, as it turns out, Disney is not legally allowed to order them to do anything until the acquisition is complete. This was revealed by Disney film chief Alan Horn when asked by THR if they have answered the question of how to assimilate a company as big as Fox and have it function properly going forward.

“No. Because of the gun-jumping rules, we’re not even allowed to provide what Alan Braverman, our general counsel, refers to as “actionable direction” [until the acquisition is finalized]. We’re being very, very careful. But obviously I see their movies.”

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Again, that’s not to say the heads over at Fox can’t be proactive, but no matter how suspicious rumors of them abolishing the X-Men slate after Dark Phoenix, there is no legal way for Disney to actually order them to take any action.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.